Argument & Computation

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15, 3 issues

Latest issue

15:1 online 19 March 2024

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15:2 scheduled for July 2024

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From volume 7, 2016

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Aims & Scope

Argument & Computation (A&C) is an open access journal providing a dedicated venue for the dissemination of high quality papers concerning state-of-the-art advancements in the field of computational argumentation.

A&C stands as an interdisciplinary journal by nature, lying at the crossing of the studies on artificial, natural and theoretical argumentation, acknowledging the richness of diversity and promoting integration.

The journal welcomes submissions presenting original scientific results and innovative applications, relevant to this multi-faceted domain and addressing foundational, design, or implementation aspects of computational models and systems thereof, extending the state-of-the-art in research.

Proposals for timely reviews and tutorials and for special issues are encouraged and should be discussed with the Editors-in-Chief.

Topics of interest are exemplified, but not exhausted, by the following list:

  • Formal models for argumentation
  • Semi-formal and informal models for argumentation
  • Dialogue based on argumentation
  • Argumentation and computational linguistics
  • Argumentation and defeasible reasoning
  • Argumentation and game theory
  • Argumentation and probability
  • Argumentation and logic programming
  • Argumentation and narrative
  • Analogical argumentation
  • Reasoning about action and time with argumentation
  • Decision making based on argumentation
  • Strategies in argumentation
  • Argumentation for coordination and coalition formation
  • Argument-based negotiation, dispute resolution and mediation
  • Argumentation, trust and reputation
  • Argumentation and normative systems
  • Argumentation and human-computer interaction
  • Argumentation and machine learning
  • Argumentation and explainable AI
  • Computational properties of argumentation systems
  • Implementation of argumentation systems
  • Tools for supporting and teaching argumentation
  • Innovative applications based on argumentation

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors-in-Chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer-review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Papers should explain the addressed problem, the relevant state-of-the-art, the innovative idea, the results reported, and the relevance.

Queries regarding submissions can be made by contacting the Editors-in-Chief, whose decision is final.



Editorial Board


Pietro Baroni
Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia

Bart Verheij
Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen
The Netherlands

Editorial Board

Leila Amgoud
IRIT - CNRS, Toulouse

Ofer Arieli,
The Academic College of Tel-Aviv, Israel

Kevin Ashley
University of Pittsburgh

Katie Atkinson
University of Liverpool

Ringo Baumann
University of Leipzig

Trevor Bench-Capon
University of Liverpool

Philippe Besnard
IRIT - CNRS, Toulouse, France
The Netherlands

Floris Bex
University of Utrecht
The Netherlands

Stefano Bistarelli
University of Perugia

Elise Bonzon
University of Paris

Katarzyna Budzynska
Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland and University of Dundee

Martin Caminada
Cardiff University

Claire Cardie
Cornell University

Federico Cerutti
University of Brescia

Carlos Ivan Chesñevar
National University of the South, Bahia Blanca

Phan Minh Dung
Asian Institute of Technology

Paul Dunne
University of Liverpool

Wolfgang Dvorak
Vienna University of Technology

Frans van Eemeren
University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Bettina Fazzinga
University of Calabria
Calabria, Italy

Eduardo Fermé
University of Madeira

Sarah Gaggl
TU Dresden

Alejandro Garcia
National University of the South
Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Massimiliano Giacomin
University of Brescia

Michael Gilbert
York University

Tom Gordon
University of Potsdam

Floriana Grasso
University of Liverpool

Davide Grossi
University of Groningen
The Netherlands

David Hitchcock
McMaster University

Helmut Horacek
Saarland University, Saarbrucken

Anthony Hunter
University College London

Jan Albert van Laar
University of Groningen
The Netherlands

Beishui Liao
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou

Marco Lippi
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Diane Litman
University of Pittsburgh

Fabrizio Macagno
NOVA University of Lisbon

Jean-Guy Mailly
University of Paris, France

Sanjay Modgil
King's College London

Catarina Dutilh Novaes
VU Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Steve Oswald
University of Fribourg

Fabio Paglieri
ISTC - CNR, Rome

Simon Parsons
University of Lincoln

Gabriella Pigozzi
University of Paris

Henry Prakken
University of Utrecht
The Netherlands

Carlo Proietti

Chris Reed
University of Dundee

Dory Scaltsas
University of Edinburgh

Guillermo Simari
National University of the South, Bahia Blanca

Manfred Stede
University of Potsdam

Matthias Thimm
FernUniversität in Hagen
Hagen, Germany

Francesca Toni
Imperial College London

Paolo Torroni
University of Bologna

Leon van der Torre
University of Luxembourg

Rineke Verbrugge,
University of Groningen
The Netherlands

Srdjan Vesic,

Serena Villata
I3S - CNRS, Sophia Antipolis

Johannes Wallner
Graz University of Technology
Graz, Austria

Stefan Woltran
Vienna University of Technology

Author Guidelines

Submission of Manuscripts

By submitting my article to this journal, I agree to the Author Copyright Agreement, the IOS Press Ethics Policy, and the IOS Press Privacy Policy.

Authors are requested to submit their manuscript through the journal’s online submission systemArgument & Computation accepts the following article types:

- Regular Paper (Research or Review Article)
- A&C Community Resources corner
- Special Issue Article (please specify the Special Issue title in your comments during the submission process)
- Other (please specify in your comments during the submission process)

Required files
A PDF file of the article is required along with the source files of the text, such as MsWord or LaTeX. If using LaTeX please use our LaTeX template and also send a pdf version of the LaTeX file as well as separate files of all figures (if any). LaTeX packages should be compiled into .zip or .rar files.

Open Access fee
Argument & Computation is an open access journal. Authors of papers accepted for publication are offered the option to pay a voluntary open access fee to help sustain the journal. Read more about the voluntary open access fee here.

The current open access fee is US$600 / €600 to publish under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license. To publish under a CC BY 4.0 license, as mandated by certain funding agencies, the fee is US$900 / €900.
Check to see if you may be eligible to a discount or waiver due to the open access institutional deals. Waiver requests are also considered for corresponding authors from low-income countries listed in the Research4Life project.

Color figures
In the online version all figures in an article will appear in color. It is possible to have figures printed in color also in the paper version of the journal, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. If your article is accepted for publication you will be provided with information regarding this option in the galley proofing stage. See "Preparation of Manuscripts" for the required file formats.

Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to consult a professional English language editing service or a native English speaker prior to submission.

Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  • Title page
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  • Keywords.

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Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text. All figures and other graphics should be contained within the manuscript itself, and embedded in the text. Color figures can be included, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account: - line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF - grayscales (incl photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff - do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process - do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing - do not use colour in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is colour, you should change the settings) - for figures that should be printed in colour, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%. On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of the type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced. Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript. Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.

Authors are requested to use the Vancouver citation style. Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references at the end of the manuscript. List the references in the order in which they appear in the text. Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Submitted articles can be listed as (author(s), unpublished data). If an article has a DOI, this should be provided after the page number details. The number is added after the letters 'doi'. Manuscripts will not be considered if they do not conform to the Vancouver citation guidelines.

References must be listed in Vancouver style:
[1] Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(12): 406.
[2] Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
[3] Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
[4] Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.
[5] Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from:


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Peer Review

Argument & Computation Peer Review Policy

Argument & Computation is a peer-reviewed journal. All articles submitted to the journal undergo a single-blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known with the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.

After automatic plagiarism screening through iThenticate, all submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors-in-Chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer-review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned a handling editor. The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work. As a standard policy, decisions are based on three reviews, in some specific circumstances a minimum of two reviews may be deemed sufficient to make a decision on a paper. The Editors-in-Chief strive to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.

Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Relevance to the journal
  • Significance of results
  • Depth of results
  • Correctness of results
  • Clarity of presentation

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editors-in-Chief a recommendation:

  1. Accept
  2. Minor revisions required
  3. Major revisions required
  4. Revise and resubmit
  5. Reject

They mean the following:

  1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
  2. The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editors-in-Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  3. The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision which addresses all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  4. In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases.
  5. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

Authors are notified by the Editors-in-Chief, whose decision is final.


Introducing ACCR Corner – As of September 2019, the Argument & Computation Community Resources (ACCR) Corner is a new section in our Argument & Computation journal. Its goal to provide useful and citable archival references for valuable community resources whose dissemination is typically limited to semi-formal venues (like websites) as they do not fit the conventional notion of a journal article. More details in this Editorial.

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